America for Beginners

Cori’s Pick: America for Beginners by Leah Franqui An online summary describes this book as ‘…a funny poignant, and insightful debut novel that explores the complexities of family, immigration, prejudice, and the American Dream…’. My love for debut fiction made me reach for this book and the summary proved extremely accurate on all fronts. Pival…

All We Ever Wanted

Cori’s Pick: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin This is a story of how family and deep-rooted values can easily be overshadowed by money and privilege. Coming from modest and humble beginnings, Nina hardly recognizes her new life. Her husband made a fortune selling his tech business and their son Finch goes to the…

Something in the Water

Cori’s Pick: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman Well, the ‘something’ that I thought was going to be in the water was completely wrong! This is the debut novel for author Catherine Steadman – who is best known for her role in Downton Abbey as Mabel Lane Fox. Steadman has written a thriller that…

A Simple Favor

Cori’s Pick: A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell A few weeks ago I saw a movie preview for A Simple Favor, (which is set for release in September and stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick) that looked really interesting, see the trailer here – and I’m dying over the music!  I immediately checked for the…

You Me Everything

Cori’s Pick: You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac You Me Everything is Catherine Isaac’s American debut.  If you’re headed out to the pool, beach, or lake – this is a great summer book to take along! Set in the French countryside, Jess sets off on an idyllic summer vacation with her son, William and a…

The Sun Does Shine

Cori’s Pick: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton In 1985, at the age of 29, Anthony Ray Hinton is arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama and sentenced to death by electrocution. At first glance of this statement, you may think that the punishment fits the crime.  That he…

Let Me Lie

Cori’s Pick: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh In late 2014, Clare Mackintosh released her debut novel, I Let You Go (which I LOVED and reviewed here).  It spent several months on the bestseller list and was listed one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016. In 2017 Mackintosh…

Still Me

Cori’s Pick: Still Me by JoJo Moyes I’ll be honest.  I’ve never been a huge fan of gushy love stories, however over the past couple of years, I’ve been more apt to reach for one.  I will say, I would consider the ‘romance’ books I tend to reach for to be  more quirky fiction than…

Educated

Cori’s Pick: Educated by Tara Westover Wow.  For every page I turned in this book, that was my reaction….just, wow. Tara Westover’s new memoir, Educated will make you realize what it truly means to prevail.  To overcome.  To succeed….even though Tara herself did not often feel triumphant. Tara was born on a mountain in rural…

Ginny Moon

  Cori’s Pick: Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Another author debut novel  that I just couldn’t put down! Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Ginny Moon is 14 years old and autistic.  (You can immediately tell that author Benjamin Ludwig had either done some major research OR that he himself has experience in working with special…